By Guest Author:
More and more, people are turning to the Internet to research information about lawsuits, lawyers, and court cases. While this is a good starting point in some instances, anyone performing these searches must be aware of the large amount of misinformation posted online. Even though there are a number of reputable websites offering concrete information, they are often lost in the shuffle of bad reviews and untruths.
Why does misinformation about injury lawyer show up online?
An unhappy client: If a client believes the injury attorney has not represented them in the way they expected, they could use the Internet as a way of retaliating. Some disgruntled clients post on blogs, in forums, or on review sites.
Unprofessional competition: As sad as this reality is, there are competing accident attorneys that have posted unreliable information as a way of damaging their competition's online reputation. Not only is this unprofessional, but it is also defamation of character.
Disgruntled employees: Not everyone has good experiences in their work environment 100% of the time. If an employee leaves a job under unfavorable circumstances or they believed they were treated unfairly in the workplace, it is possible they will retaliate with negative reviews, blog posts, or forum postings.
How can a researcher weed through the good from the bad?
The best way to determine which trial attorney to choose is to perform preliminary research online. This preliminary research should include information gathered from the Bar Association, the lawyer's contact information, the lawyer's references (if any) found on their website, and client testimonies found on the firm's website.
From there, schedule a consultation with the lawyer in order to perform a face to face interview. During this consultation, the injury lawyer will also be asking pointed questions about the case. In addition to determining if this lawyer is a good fit for your case, you will also be learning if their personality is a good match for a long-term business relationship.
Gather the facts in order to use the best judgment
After the initial research is conducted and the interviews are completed, it is easy to see if the online reviews and comments are correct or not. Because this is a court case, thorough research is essential to producing the best possible outcome. If references are not available on the lawyer or firm's website, request this information during the initial consultation. A reputable lawyer will be happy to provide this information upon request because they have nothing to hide.
The bottom line:
Even though it is easy to read something online and believe it is the truth, many times it is not. Unless something is presented on a government website, in a University publication, or in a reputable journal, information online should be taken with a grain of salt. Be aware of misinformation posted by unhappy clients, disgruntled employees, and unprofessional competing law firms when choosing an accident and injury lawyer.
Author bio: Jennifer Greenleaf is a Legal Studies major through University of Maryland University College's distance learning program. She has been a freelance writer since 1999 covering multiple niches such as legal matters, home improvement, and parenting. You can learn more about her on Google+.